Photo of students viewing the Byzantine Church in turkey.

Students Barbara Betz, Katie Pastorius, Maureen Regalie and Kelly Seacrest study the mosaics and frescoes from the Byzantine Church in the Chora.

Classics Department's
Global January 2006
goes to Turkey

A group of 30 students and four faculty members are traveling to Turkey through the Classics Department's Global January 2006 program. The group will visit and study the ancient sites of what was once Asia Minor including cities described by Apostle Paul, the remains of the largest synagogue of the ancient world in Sardis, some of the great metropoleis of ancient Turkey and the city of Istanbul. The department directs Global January study trips around the ancient Mediterranean World every J-term.

See the group's travel journal »



Campus News

Macalester to open Institute for Global Citizenship in Fall 2006

Dr. Ahmed Samatar, Andrew Latham and Karin Trail-Johnson have been chosen to lead Macalester's new Institute for Global Citizenship. Professor Samatar will serve as dean; Associate Professor Latham (Political Science) and Trail-Johnson, Director of the Community Service Office, will serve as associate deans. The vision for the new institute is to create a single, well-supported entity whose mission is to encourage, promote and support rigorous learning that prepares students for lives as effective and ethical "global citizen-leaders" through scholarship and service.
Institute for Global Citizenship site »

Ford Foundation awards
Macalester College $100,000 grant

The Ford Foundation awarded Macalester College a $100,000 grant to promote academic freedom and constructive dialogue on campus. The grant will be used to increase student participation in Classics Professor Andy Overman’s archeological excavation at Omrit in northern Israel, support three weeks of travel and study in the Middle East as part of the seventh biennial Macalester Faculty Development International Seminar and to support a Middle East Peace Summit on campus. Macalester's programs utilizing the grant will be housed at the new Institute for Global Citizenship. Macalester was one of 27 colleges to receive grants through the Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues program.

Alumni e-mail forwarding

Imagine having the address:

An alumni e-mail forwarding address is a unique way to correspond with your Mac friends, prospective employers and family. Your address forwards messages to a personal e-mail account you designate.

Get your alumni e-mail forwarding address today »

Macalester students to study in 43 countries this spring

A total of 171 students are registered to study off campus in 43 countries and two destinations within the U.S. this spring. Where are they headed? The most popular destination is England, with 17 students registered. The next most popular are Austria and Germany, with 14 students planning to spend half a semester in each country through Macalester’s own German Studies program. Outside of Europe, Ecuador and Japan are hot destinations, with eight students studying in each country. Mac students will also embark to Bhutan, Cyprus, Oman and Romania—the International Center believes its the first time any Mac student has studied in these four countries.

Students resurrect Macalester yearbook

Students are hard at work producing the first Macalester yearbook in over 10 years. Yearbook staff members are busy collecting photos from students, promoting the yearbook on campus and selling books to students and parents. They’ve set up a Website, opened a shared e-mail account and even set up a profile for "yearbook" on the widely popular The 2005-06 yearbook will be full-color, 144 pages and cover the entire school year.
Visit yearbook Website »

Class of 2006 plans to start an endowed scholarship

In keeping with tradition, Macalester’s senior class launched a senior class gift campaign with a goal of raising over $50,000—over twice the highest amount raised by previous classes—to start an endowed scholarship for future students. The scholarship would be the first ever to be started by students. Previous senior gifts to Macalester include $24,000 toward the already-existing Catharine Lealtad Endowed Scholarship (Class of 2005), the on-campus wind turbine (Class of 2003) and a to-be-built basketball court (Class of 2002).

Former Art Professor Gabriele Ellertson dies at age 68

Photo of Prof. EllertsonGabriele Ellertson of Minneapolis, adjunct professor for Macalester’s Art Department, died Sunday, Dec. 4, after a long battle with cancer. She was 68.

Ellertson grew up in war-torn Germany and taught beginning and advanced drawing at Macalester over 16 years from 1986 to 2002. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991 and lost two daughters to the disease.

Professor Ellertson is survived by her daughter, Natalie, also of Minneapolis. A memorial service will be held for her at 3 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center on campus.

Examples of her art can be seen at:

Alumni News

Actor Ariel Dumas ’05 makes City Pages Top 10

City Pages (Minneapolis) critic Quinton Skinner ranked a production of Trista Baldwin’s Patty Red Pants co-starring Ariel Dumas ’05 and Emily Gunyou as the eighth top play for 2005 performed in the Twin Cities. Skinner wrote in his Dec. 7, 2005 article, “Against gorgeous projected backdrops, the action unfolded like a dream in which several corners of the blanket of ideas were smoothed and tucked.”
Read about other newsworthy alumni »

Reunion Q & A

Question: Why should I come back to Macalester for Reunion? I see my Macalester friends all the time.

Answer:  Because we have a bigger living room and you won't have to cook.

Dial, e-mail and IM that group of Mac friends and get everyone together for Reunion 2006. Plan to meet in front of Old Main to talk and laugh. Practice your Frisbee technique, play your favorite hits from sophomore year on the CD player and rock out! (Don't hurt yourself). Your favorite Mac bands from the early '70s, 1996 and 2001 will be onstage Friday night for an epic, cross-generational battle—get ready.
Prepare for Reunion 2006 »

George Leiter ’77 organizes 27th Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl Invitational on campus

Over 350 Minnesota high school students from 35 Minnesota metro-area high schools participated in the 27th annual Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 7 held on campus. The competition was organized by George Leiter ’77 through The Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl—a nonprofit organization offering a fast-paced, mind-expanding academic competition to Minnesota high school students—and co-sponsored by Macalester. The winning students received Macalester sweatshirts.

How do you know
you’re a Macite?

Maybe you know you’re a Macite if…

  • your roommate taught you that 18-year-old females were “women,” not “girls.”
  • a whiff of bagpipes gives you a catch in the throat.
  • you can identify the flag of the United Nations.

Tell us—in 200 words or less—how you know you’re a Macite and we’ll publish your reply in the next issue of Macalester Today. Send your entry to or Macalester Today, College Relations Office, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Anne Seasholes-Kozlu '77 hosts alumni reception for students visiting Turkey

Anne Seasholes-Kozlu '77 organized a reception for the students and faculty traveling to Turkey as part of the Classics department's Global January program (see top story) on Friday, Jan. 6. Anne is the director of college counseling for Robert College in Istanbul.

Alumni depart for Amazon adventure

Photo of ship La  AmmatistaAlumni depart on an Amazon Journey on Friday, Jan. 13. Aboard ship La Ammatista, they will see the wonders of the Amazon River. Future alumni trips include a wagon trip through the Grand Tetons in July and a rare glimpse at Mongolia in August.
Learn more about alumni travel opportunities »


Leaney named
Region Coach of the Year

Photo of Coach LeaneyScotís soccer coach, John Leaney, was named the 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) / Adidas NCAA Division III Central Region Coach of the Year. Leaney guided the Scots to one of their best seasons ever in '05. The womenís soccer team finished the season unbeaten at 20-0-2 and made it to the NCAA playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years.

Annie Borton í07 named to Women's Soccer All-America Team
Photo of Annie Borton '07Annie Borton '07 has again been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America / Adidas Division III women's soccer All-America team. Borton is one of 10 repeat selections on the 33-member team and is one of 11 first-team picks after leading the Scots to a 20-0-2 record, a second straight unbeaten Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) season, and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Glenn Caruso recruited
as football coach

New football coach, Glenn CarusoGlenn Caruso was named Macalesterís new head football coach on Dec 16. Caruso was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of South Dakota over the past two years and is now the 27th head coach in the 120-year history of the Macalester football program.
Read more about Coach Caruso »


Memorial Service for Professor Gabriele Ellertson
3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14
Art Gallery, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Friends of former art faculty member Gabriele Ellertson are welcome to come celebrate her life at a memorial service.

Professor Chuck Green
Visits Seattle and Portland
7-9 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, Jan. 18 & 19

Professor Chuck Green (Political Science) will speak in Portland and Seattle on the topic of "Civic Engagement: Of Whom? For What?"

Seattle, Wash.
7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18

Villa Academy, 5001 NE 50th St.

Portland, Ore.
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19

Parson's Gallery (Rm. 212), Urban Center, Portland State University, 506 SW Mill St.

Macalester Choir Winter Concert Tour in NYC
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22
First Presbyterian
Church of New York,
5th Ave. and 12th St.

Rev. Dr. Jon M. Walton '69 invites all New York alumni, parents and friends to hear the Macalester Choir, directed by Robert L. Peterson, perform a variety of pieces at his church. A reception follows the concert. Other choir performances on this tour include:

  • 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19
    Cathedral of
    St. John the Divine
  • 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, The Browning School,
    52 East 62nd Street
  • 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20
    The Cathedral
    of Saint Patrick
  • 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22
    Holy Trinity Church

Young Alumni Happy Hour (Chicago)
6-7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 24
404 Wine Bar, 2856 N. Southport

Network with other young alumni living in Chicago land. E-mail Nat Kongtahworn for details.

Carol Kiefer Kiecker ’56 Presents “A Mother’s Worst Nightmare”
9 a.m. continental breakfast,
9:30 a.m. presentation,

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall, $10 per person

Carol Kiefer Kiecker's ’56 daughter and son-in-law were tortured and jailed in Mexico for a murder that they did not commit. Carol will talk about the grueling 18 months in 2003 and 2004 in which she faced the biggest challenge of her life—working to free her children.

Funk Night:
New Year's Revolution

8 p.m. to midnight
Friday, Jan. 27

Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
$5 at the door

Walk down memory lane and shake your groove thang to the beats of DJ Retroblast at this unforgettable alumni funk-tion.
Details »

Gretchen Legler '84 reading from new book
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27
Weyerhaeuser Chapel
Followed by reception in Weyerhaeuser Hall

Gretchen Legler '84, associate professor at the University of Maine at Farmington, will read from her new book On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Legler's reading will be followed by a reception in Weyerhaeuser.
Details »

Comedy Sunday (San Francisco)
Shows at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Building B
$5 for one, two or all three shows

Join Bay Area alumni for an evening of comedy with BATS Improv (Website)—San Francisco's premiere improvisational theater—staging completely improvised shows in various formats. RSVP by e-mailing Mariam Ispahani.


  • 7 p.m. - Micetro - An improv elimination format where eight individuals battle to be crowned Micetro.
  • 8 p.m. - Theatresports - Two teams compete in improvised scenes, songs, and games as the battle for points.
  • 9 p.m. - Specialty Long-Form - a variety of formats from the Harold, to musicals, to other genre long-form stories.

Alumni Forum on the Institute for Global Citizenship
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
Weyerhaeuser Board Room

Come and hear about the plans for the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester. Dean Ahmed Samatar, associate deans Andrew Latham and Karin Trail-Johnson will speak about the plans for the new institute.




Photo of ebay item, a lock of hair from President Lincoln.

This framed lock of Lincoln's hair was given to Macalester's founder, Edward D. Neill, in 1864.

Macalester relic found on eBay

College founder and president, Edward D. Neill, had an item on eBay last month—an autograph and a lock of hair from President Lincoln. The lock of hair was given to Edward D. Neill who joined Lincoln's cabinet in 1864, according to the item’s description. The reference desk at Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library confirmed the story—Lincoln’s lock of hair was indeed stored in the library’s archives and was authenticated. The college sold the item to a private buyer. Bidding for the lock of hair started at $0.01 on Dec. 20 and sold for $405 on Dec. 30.



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